The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, while not recommended for those who want to pursue graduate study in mathematics or a closely-related field, provides a solid foundation for many careers and for admission to professional schools. Although the BA requires fewer courses than the Bachelor of Science program, some students find this option more conducive to double major, pursue multiple minors or study abroad.

# BA in Mathematics

## Degree Program Planners

Learn more about the different mathematics concentrations on the Undergraduate page.

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## Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Code | Title | Credits |
---|---|---|

Required | ||

MATH 1231 | Single-Variable Calculus I (or equivalent) | |

MATH 1232 | Single-Variable Calculus II | |

MATH 2185 | Linear Algebra I for Math Majors ^{*} | |

or MATH 2184 | Linear Algebra I | |

MATH 2233 | Multivariable Calculus | |

MATH 2971 | Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning | |

or MATH 2971W | Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning | |

One 3-credit course selected from the following: ^{**} | ||

CSCI 1011 | Introduction to Programming with Java | |

CSCI 1012 | Introduction to Programming with Python | |

CSCI 1041 | Introduction to FORTRAN Programming | |

CSCI 1111 | Introduction to Software Development | |

CSCI 1121 | Introduction to C Programming | |

CSCI 1131 | Introduction to Programming with C |

*Of the two options for linear algebra, MATH 2185 is preferred.

**Students in the pure mathematics concentration (see below) may substitute an alternative elective, approved by the department, for the CSCI course.

**Concentration requirement**

All students must complete requirements for one of the following three concentrations:

Pure mathematics concentration

Code | Title | Credits |
---|---|---|

Required | ||

MATH 4121 | Introduction to Abstract Algebra I | |

MATH 4239 | Real Analysis I | |

or MATH 4239W | Real Analysis I | |

Two courses (6 credits) selected from the following: | ||

MATH 3125 | Linear Algebra II | |

MATH 3257 | Introduction to Complex Variables | |

MATH 3806 | Introduction to Topology | |

MATH 4122 | Introduction to Abstract Algebra II | |

MATH 4240 | Real Analysis II | |

Three additional MATH courses (9 credits) numbered in the 3000 and 4000 ranges. |

Applied mathematics concentration

Code | Title | Credits |
---|---|---|

Required | ||

MATH 3342 | Ordinary Differential Equations | |

MATH 3343 | Partial Differential Equations | |

MATH 3553 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis | |

MATH 3359 | Introduction to Mathematical Modeling | |

MATH 4239 | Real Analysis I | |

or MATH 4239W | Real Analysis I | |

Two additional MATH courses (6 credits) numbered in the 3000 and 4000 ranges. |

Interdisciplinary mathematics concentration

Code | Title | Credits |
---|---|---|

Required | ||

MATH 3342 | Ordinary Differential Equations | |

MATH 3553 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis | |

MATH 3359 | Introduction to Mathematical Modeling | |

Four additional MATH courses (12 credits) numbered in the 3000 and 4000 ranges. | ||

Minor or second major requirement: Students in the interdisciplinary concentration must complete an approved minor or second major in a field in which mathematics is applied. The pre-approved fields are astronomy and astrophysics, biology, bioinformatics, biophysics, chemistry, data science, economics, finance, information systems, physics, statistics, and all fields in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. |

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